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Ethics Regulations and Conflict of Interest Code

Code of Ethics:

In 2006, the City Council passed Ordinance No. 06-01 adopting a Code of Ethics to establish clear and affirmative ethical principles and standards reflecting the core values of the community, and to support and encourage the highest personal and professional conduct at every level of municipal government.

Code of Ethics (Municipal Code Sections 1-6-101 through 1-6-110)


Ethical Public Service:

As a result of the Special Election held on June 3, 2008, the Irvine City Council Ethical Public Service Ordinance (Initiative Ordinance 08-03), or Measure H, was passed by Irvine voters. Measure H and codified is Irvine Municipal Code Sections 1-9-101 through 1-9-104 and is an extension of the City’s Code of Ethics.

Measure H prohibits elected officials, their Executive Assistants and appointed Commissioners from engaging in compensated employment or service for the purpose of lobbying for any private individual or organization before any local public agency in Orange County. In addition, the measure prevents the same individuals from having a personal investment or monetary interest in City contracts.  Measure H also requires the Mayor and City Councilmembers, their Executive Assistants and appointed Commissioners to execute a form acknowledging they have received a copy of the measure and agree to abide by its provisions. The forms are then filed with the City Clerk.

Ethical Public Service (Municipal Code Sections 1-9-101 through 1-9-104, Measure H, passed by voters on June 3, 2008)


Conflict of Interest Code:

The Political Reform Act (PRA) was adopted by the voters of California as an initiative (Proposition 9) in 1974.  The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) is the enforcement agency for the Political Reform Act.  One of the PRA’s main purposes is to prevent financial conflicts of interest on the part of public officials.  The Act requires public officials to disclose all financial interests, such as investments, interests in real estate or sources of income, which the official may possibly affect by the exercise of his or her official duties.  If a public official has a conflict of interest, the PRA may require the official to disqualify himself or herself from making or participating in a government decision, or using his or her official position to influence a government decision.

City Council Resolution (City Council Resolution No. 10-135)
Redevelopment Agency Resolution (Redevelopment Agency Resolution No. 10-04)
Conflict of Interest Reference Pamphlet